Category: reagents

Buchu - Natural diuretic (dangerous if taken to excess.)


Traditional remedy - Buchu is a traditional remedy of the Khoikhoin people of South Africa. Buchu is used as a general stimulant and a diuretic. Strongly aromatic, buchu is taken as a carminative, helping to relieve gas and bloating.
Early Western uses - Buchu was first exported to Britain in 1790 and became an official medicine in 1821, being listed in the British Pharmacopoeia as an effective remedy for "cystitis, urethritis, nephritis and catarrh of the bladder."